This is a discussion on RIP PatrickinGa within the Georgia Tech Football forums, part of the Georgia Tech Sports Message Boards category; Patrick & I became "friends" after he PMed me since he was from Florida, close to where I live now. ...
Patrick & I became "friends" after he PMed me since he was from Florida, close to where I live now. We then became FB friends where he did tell he he hadn't been well, but I do not know from what or to what extent. As recently as Dec he told me he & his wife would like to get a small place back in FL, since Hawaii was too expensive! He posted about his very conservative political views regularly on FB, in fact the last one, July 2, the day before he died. And I he just posted the Ricardo Wimbush thread here on 6/26. So I believe he was "all there" mentally until the end. His brother posted the following on Thursday 7/3:
"It is with Great Sadness that this morning Patrick passed away. Our sadness is blessed because we know he was a man with strong convictions and he is now with his Lord and Savior. Patrick loved his wife Becky, his dog Sam, his family and his Country. He also loved old cars and old Rock & Roll. We will miss his honesty, his sense of humor and his friendship."
He did tell me he had no children. His wife also posted; a long & mostly personal tribute, but she did mention his love of college football in hers. Although she did not mention Georgia Tech, & know first, from his presence on this board & one other, and personal conversations, he did love Georgia Tech. He was, like me, a so called "sidewalk" fan. Here is a portion of a conversation we had:
" . . . moved to Atlanta where my family had already moved. We lived right around the corner from Mary Mac's and were well entrenched in GT student life (a brother went there), renting rooms to students, and both my parents worked at GT. She worked in the high security Research Area, he worked the USPS window at the GT Student Center.
On long holiday weekends, maybe when a GT student couldn't go home, no telling WHO he would bring home to a home cooked Holiday meal. We would have as many as 15-20 people at a dinner table, Hispanics, Arabs, and Jewish all at the same table.
My dad was close friends with SO many GT people and players over the years.
Parents even got citations from 3 different Presidents for their work with young people.
The people in the house we used to live in still get GT people coming to see where my family is, so we leave them current contact numbers."
He was only 64. His mom had just passed last August at 91. Fans come & go, (as of late more going than coming), but it is really sad when a True Fan is truly lost. Never met him personally, but he seemed like a very good person. He had strong political convictions, seemed as he had religious ones as well, and he strongly loved Georgia Tech. The last time we "spoke" he said he felt PJ needed to go! Well, if ANYTHING good happens this year with GT football, I will be convinced that Patrick had something to do with it.
RIP Patrick, you will be missed.
Bad news........good tech guy and prayers for the family
I am stunned and saddened to have read this. We butted heads a bit here and there a few years ago all in the spirit of this school we all hold dear. Patrick will be missed. My sincerest condolences to his family.
Get off my lawn.
RIP... 64 is too darn young...
Hope that Becky and family find solace knowing that others care...
Very sorry to hear that Patrick passed. He was on here a good long while, back when Chan was still coach, if my memory serves correct. Always enjoyed his presence here.
Wish he would have let us know that he was ill, but I guess it was his preference not to so I respect that.
Wow really sorry to hear that. I rarely post anymore just because I don't have time although I will make time when football comes back around, but I really like Patrick and he will be missed.
I couldn't wait until after the FSU game, because , BEATING UGA, having a 10-2 regular season, beating 2 higher ranked teams (Clemson & UGA) & being ACC Coastal Champs, is so much MORE that the ANYTHING good I wished for above. And although I am sorry Patrick is not here to celebrate this fantastic season with us, I am convinced he knows & is celebrating (& perhaps even had something to do with it!)Well, if ANYTHING good happens this year with GT football, I will be convinced that Patrick had something to do with it.
RIP Patrick, you will be missed.